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Top 7 Final Fantasy Games According to NHK

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Final Fantasy series is one of the most popular franchises on earth without a doubt. Not only in Japan as its origin, the all the gamer worldwide also love this game. NHK, as Japan’s national broadcasting organization understands this phenomena and decides to make a polling of the most loved Final Fantasy games. This polling is not region locked, meaning it includes all the fans worldwide.

7. Final Fantasy VIII (Switch, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

Final Fantasy VIII Wallpaper

Final Fantasy VIII is a RPG developed and published by Square originally for PlayStation console in 1999. The game is the eighth main installment in the Final Fantasy series. Final Fantasy VIII is the first game in the series to use realistically proportioned characters consistently. A remastered version was released for Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in September 2019.

The game follows a group of young mercenaries, led by Squall Leonhart, as they are drawn into a conflict sparked by Ultimecia, a sorceress from the future who wishes to compress time. Duriing the quest to defeat Ultimecia, Squall struggles with his role as a leader and develops romance with one of his comrades, Rinoa Heartilly.

6. Final Fantasy V (Android, iOS, Game Boy Advance, SNES, PlayStation, Wii U, PC)

Final Fantasy V Wallpaper

Final Fantasy V is a fantasy RPG developed and published by Square in 1992 as a part of the Final Fantasy series. The game first appeared only in Japan on Nintendo’s Super Famicom. An enhanced port of the game, with new high-resolution graphics and a touch-based interface was released for iPhone and iPad on March, 2013 and for Android on September 2013.

The game begins as a wanderer named Bartz investigates a fallen meteor. There, he encounters several characters, one of whom reveals the danger facing the four Crystals that control the world’s elements. These Crystals act as a seal on Exdeath, an evil sorcerer. Bartz and his party must keep the Crystals from being exploited by Exdeath’s influence and prevent his resurgence.

5. Final Fantasy XIV (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

Final Fantasy XIV Online - Title

Final Fantasy XIV is a MMORPG developed and published by Square Enix in 2010. Using the same name with the main franchise, Final Fantasy XIV offers a similar gameplay and elements of the Final Fantasy series. Before it was only available on PC, but now you can also play it on PlayStation 4. This game is a breath of fresh air for both Final Fantasy series’ lover and newcomers.

Aside from its status as an online game, Final Fantasy XIV is fully equipped with stunning visuals and amazing soundtrack, as what the developer best known for along with a good storyline to follow. Final Fantasy XIV is free to be played until level 35, and after that you must pay for the subscription fee to be able to continue. There are six races of characters and seven classes available for you to choose.

4. Final Fantasy IX (Android, iOS, Switch, PlayStation, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

Final Fantasy IX Cover Logo

Final Fantasy IX is the ninth main installment in Final Fantasy series which was developed and published by Squaresoft. It was initially released in July 2000 for PlayStation, and later re-released in 2016 for iOS, Android and Microsoft Windows via Steam, and the last re-released in 2017 for PlayStation 4.

The story follows Zidane and his companion of Tantalus Theatre Troupe kidnapping Princess Garnet of Alexandria whom coincidentally planned to escape the castle. Accompanied by her personal guard Steiner, they become comrades and travel together with Zidane to know the secrets of the Crystal and try to stop the malevolent force who intends to destroy their world.

3. Final Fantasy VI (Android, iOS, Game Boy Advance, SNES, Wii, PlayStation, PC)

Final Fantasy VI Characters

Final Fantasy VI was released in 1994 by Square for SNES (now also available in Android, and iOS). Final Fantasy VI is the sixth installment of the Final Fantasy series which was known to be one of the best Final Fantasy game ever made. It added more depth to both gameplay and narrative than any Final Fantasy game before.

The story tells about a technological world dominated by an evil empire by the use of Magitek technology. We will control the characters with different backgrounds. The heroes consist of the people who have been a part of the empire, brainwashed by the empire, or those who rebels against the empire. This game features 14 permanent playable characters, the largest number of any games in the series.

2. Final Fantasy VII (Android, iOS, Switch, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

Final Fantasy VII Characters

Final Fantasy VII is without a doubt one of the greatest creations of Square Enix. There are too many reasons why this title feels everlasting; now it even has a remake on PlayStation 4. This masterpiece from Square Enix emerged initially in 1997, more than a decade ago. But with every aspect it has: characters, plot, and gameplay successfully moved Square Enix to port the original version into multiplatform.

We will play as Cloud, the main protagonist of Final Fantasy VII and the most popular persona among the RPG characters. Although he isn’t a silent protagonist, Cloud doesn’t speak too much at first. As a former SOLDIER’s proud swordsman, he became arrogant and selfish. But after he discovers about his past, he began to value friendship and starts protecting others, even the Planet.

1. Final Fantasy X (Switch, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

Final Fantasy X Tidus & Yuna at Macalania

Final Fantasy X would be one of the best PlayStation 2 games that have ever been played by any RPG lovers. The popularity of the game made by Square Enix proved to be on top of mind of every player at that time. Final Fantasy X was originally released in 2001 for PlayStation 2, and later released in PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita with better graphics.

The story follows Tidus, the main protagonist and a famous Blitzball (a kind of sport played inside a sphere of water) player from Zanarkand and the son of Jecht. His adventure begins when his hometown attacked by an enormous monster called Sin. He traveled along with Yuna, a summoner who is trying to put an end to Sin. With everything it has, this game deserved the first place on PlayStation 2.

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So Final Fantasy X is the most loved game in the Final Fantasy series. Out of 468,654 voters around the world chose this game as the best so far. With all of its qualities, I think Final Fantasy X deserved to be in the first place. But my favorite would be different. I choose Final Fantasy VI as my favorite Final Fantasy game because I like the storyline as well as the 18-bit graphics and the unique gameplay.

Which one is the best Final Fantasy game for you? Are you a fan of this series? Please share your thoughts in the comment below.

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A fellow RPG addict who played a lot of classic masterpieces from Square, Square-Enix, and Tri-Ace. "The epoch may change, but the classics will remain eternal"

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